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Youth offending in relation to young people as multiple service users : scoping paper

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the connection between chronic youth offending and the patterns of use of many different kinds of services by young people. How frequently and on what basis young people interact with police services, social services, housing services, welfare agencies and so on will have a bearing on youth health and wellbeing generally. The key question for research is how a young person's experiences as a multiple service user impact upon their material circumstances and how these experiences influence their disposition toward (or away from) criminal and anti-social behaviour. The paper explores the causes of juvenile offending and different models of intervention; service provision as crime prevention; the role of social institutions and services, including their impact on social inclusion and exclusion; service provision and delivery, including a case study of family support and parenting issues; issues for multiple service users; and research questions and practitioner issues in youth service frameworks.

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